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Aaron Rock-Singer

Visiting Assistant Professor

White Hall

Educational Background

  • Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies, Ph.D. 2016
  • St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, M.Phil. 2010
  • The University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, B.A. 2007



Aaron Rock-Singer is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Islam in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Professor Rock-Singer received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 2016. His articles have been published in The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The Muslim World, and Islamic Law and Society. He is currently completing his first book project, entitled Guiding the Pious to Practice: Islam and Politics in Egypt, 1970-2015. This monograph examines the rise of the Islamic Revival in Egypt over the past forty years in global perspective, highlighting how Egyptians turned to Islam in conjunction with other Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia, Evangelical Christians in the United States, and post-1967 Jewish revivalist currents in Israel.




  • Near Eastern Studies


  • Piety
  • Islamic Movements
  • Islam and State Power
  • Media Studies



Refereed Journal articles:

  • “Censoring the Kishkophone: Religion and State Power in Mubarak’s Egypt,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 49:3 (July 2017), 437-56
  • “Scholarly Authority and Lay Mobilization: Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Vision of da‘wa, 1976-1984,” The Muslim World 106:3 (July 2016), 588-604
  • “The Salafi Mystique: The Rise of Gender Segregation in 1970s Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society 23:3 (June 2016), 279-305
  • “Prayer and the Islamic Revival: a Timely Challenge,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 48:2 (April 2016), 293-312
  • “A Pious Public: Islamic Magazines and Revival in Egypt, 1976-1981,” The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42:4 (2015), 427-46
  • “Amr Khaled: From Da‘wa to Political and Religious Leadership,” The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37:1 (2010), 15-37

Edited Volume chapters:

  • “Neo-Liberal Daʿwa: the Egyptian New Preachers (al-Duʿat al-Judud) and the Restructuring of Transnational Religious Preaching and Practice,” in Weissman and Malik (eds.), Daʿwa: Propagating Islam in the Modern World (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • “An Age of Mass Revival: Islamic Media and Religious Change in 1970s Egypt,” Islam, Islamism and Television (Washington, DC: POMEPS studies, 2016), 14-17